Posted on July 27, 2010 at 04:03:39 PM by J.D. Forbes
Crewmembers from HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN will be coming to PEI again this year to participate in our annual charity event, the "RUN 4 WISHES." This is the 8th year that sailors from HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN will be running a relay across the Island to raise money for the PEI chapter of the Children's Wish Foundation.
We will be running on the following dates:
Tuesday, August 3rd- North Cape Lighthouse to Summerside
Wednesday, August 4th- East Point to Montague
Thursday, August 5th- Wood Island to West Royalty
Friday, August 6th- Georgetown to Stratford
Saturday, August 7th- Summerside to Charlottetown
As in past years, all members of the PEI RoadRunners are invited to come out and join the team during our runs. Thanks for all the support from the PEI Roadrunners over the years!
Run 4 Wishes Coordinator
2010-08-02 - Run 4 Wishes kicked off in Charlottetown
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is asking Charlottetown residents to support the captain and crew of the HMCS Queen Charlotte as they launched their eighth-annual Run 4 Wishes fundraiser today. Over the next three days, 25 fit and determined men and women from our Navy will run the Island tip-to-tip. They hope, with the generosity of Islanders, to raise funds to help grant the wish of critically ill Island children. In 2009, HMCS Charlottetown was able to generate over $40,000 to grant the wishes of Island Children. For a schedule and to learn more check out the http://peirun4wishes.net (<--that URL is no longer good) or call the Children's Wish Foundation - Prince Edward Island chapter at 566-5526 or 1-800-267-9474.
Details of the 2010 Run 4 Wishes were unveiled at a news conference in Charlottetown by Sub-Lt. J.D. Forbes.
Forbes told reporters the team hopes to raise in the vicinity of $40,000 for the foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Since the run's inception, members of the ship's run team have raised $170,000, he indicated.
Forbes said achieving the team's goal will only be possible with the support of the team's sponsors and the general public.
Those sponsors include Sobeys, which hosts a series of fundraising barbecues, and the Royal Canadian Legion, which raises funds in a number of ways under the direction of Tona Halliwell, special events chair for Legion Branch No. 1 in Charlottetown.
The run begins this morning in North Cape and will continue for 100 kilometres, stopping for the day in Summerside.
Leg 2 of the relay begins Wednesday in East Point and will take the team 69 kilometres to Montague.
Wood Islands will be the starting point for the third leg of the run on Thursday.
Team members will cover a distance of 68 kilometres before stopping for the day in West Royalty.
Runners will start the fourth leg of the run in Georgetown Friday morning and will cover 56 kilometres of highway before stopping in Stratford.
The final leg of the run will begin in Summerside Saturday morning and conclude in Charlottetown, some 76 kilometres away.
Each day the race will conclude at one of P.E.I.'s five Sobeys grocery stores.
Sobeys has been a sponsor of the run for a number of years and will host a barbecue each day of the five-day run.
Sobeys donates 100 per cent of the proceeds from the barbecues to the foundation.
Members of the run team have been training for the event since February, running for an hour a day three to four times a week.
A spokesman for the ship told reporters the Run 4 Wishes event is near and dear to the crew.
Speaking at Monday's news conference, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee applauded the crew of the city's namesake ship for their ongoing support of the Children's Wish Foundation and for the work they do throughout the year at home in Canada and on deployment around the world.
Lee said the city was proud to be associated with the men and women who serve on the ship and described them as good ambassadors for Charlottetown.
Children's Wish Foundation spokeswoman Beth Gauthier said the foundation was honoured to be the charity of choice for HMCS Charlottetown.
She expressed the foundation's appreciation for the ship's continuing support, noting the money raised through the run has helped the foundation make the wishes of a number of Island children come true.
The foundations is currently working on eight wishes and within the last number of weeks has received three others.
Gauthier noted that in addition to the run, members of HMCS Charlottetown's crew have travelled to Charlottetown to assist the foundation on several other projects.
"We have a very special relationship with HMCS Charlottetown ... they are very open and caring for our kids," Gauthier said.